Proposed community center would disrupt Ormond Beach homeowners’ quality of life
I'm a former Deltona city commissioner living in Ormond Beach for the past 12 years. In my political life, I was faced with some good, and some bad land-use proposals. In my personal view, the proposed West Ormond Community Center will disrupt the tranquility in the surrounding area. Even though it will not affect me directly because my home is several miles away, I care about the impact the center will have on the many that are surprised by this event.
The people who live there now bought their homes for a better quality of life Ormond Beach has to offer. A community center as it is being proposed will disrupt that quality.
I do agree that the city needs to offer amenities, but this project is in the wrong place. I also think the Volusia County School Board is being shortsighted by potentially offering the property to the city. With the growth expected at Hunter’s Ridge and surrounding areas, this property should be kept in the School Board’s inventory for future academic facilities expansion.
Pathways Elementary is already experiencing that growth by adding portable classrooms at the school. That growth will continue. Personally, if I had a choice between a community center as it is being sold, and a Emergency Operations Center, I would support the EOC.
Also in this week's letters are two that debate U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis' recent vote regarding Obamacare.
I’m disappointed that DeSantis is siding with Democrats
When I voted for Mr. Ron DeSantis as my representative in the U.S. House of Representatives, it was with the assumption that he was a Republican, a good politician and a team player. I was mistaken on all counts.
It is not unreasonable to assume that when one votes for a Republican that the individual will support the party. Mr. DeSantis and the so-called Freedom Caucus voted with the Democrats, and in the process betrayed his party and all Republicans of fulfilling a key campaign promise.
Good politicians, the ones I vote for, have the ability to listen, comprehend and compromise. This "my way or the highway" posture is a guarantee for failure in our system of government. I am very disappointed in Mr. DeSantis, and I can assure you that he will never again receive my vote.
DeSantis is right to wait for a real bill that would repeal Obamacare
Mr. Richard Kesling is totally wrong in his letter to the editor published April 13. I wish he would get his facts before he makes derogatory statements against our fine U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, who has always lived up to and kept his promises to his constituents.
Ron DeSantis started the last election cycle running for senator till Sen. Marco Rubio pulled out of the presidential race and re-entered the Senate race. Therefore, Mr. DeSantis re-entered the 6th Congressional District race to "stay in the game," and I'm one voter who's very glad he has.
The big issue Mr. Kesling criticized Congressman DeSantis for was because Mr. DeSantis didn't vote for the medical care bill submitted by Congress because it did not repeal Obamacare. Congressman DeSantis kept his promise.
I'm sure that when Congress submits a bill that will repeal Obamacare, he'll vote for it — just like he's never voted for a budget increase or congressional pay raise. In fact, he has turned down a congressional retirement. We all need to get behind Congressman DeSantis as Mr. Ledbetter and Florida Grassroots folks have done.
Terry D. Mone’
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